teeth and gum health
  • September 20, 2018

Many of us believe that dental care is secondary to general healthcare, only booking appointments with our dentist when we are experiencing pain or discomfort, or if we think something is wrong. However, maintaining the teeth and gum health is essential for maintaining your overall health, as the two are linked in many ways.

Your oral health can teach you more than you think about your overall health, and making sure that your mouth is healthy can make a big difference in making sure that you are healthy in general.

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Oral Health as a Window to Overall Health

Oral health can be thought of as a window to overall health. Your oral health can provide you and your doctor with clues about your health and body. Many infections or diseases have symptoms that are first seen through oral health abnormalities, so regular trips to your dentist can help preemptively diagnose other illnesses, or even prevent them.

There are also many ways in which poor oral health can actually cause illness in the rest of your body. This makes it even more important to take care of your teeth and gums, and to visit your dentist regularly.

Oral health is not just restricted what goes on in your mouth, but has real and profound effects on the rest of your body as well.


Connections Between Oral Health & Specific Diseases

There is significant medical evidence tying connections between oral health and specific infections, diseases, and conditions. Taking great care of your teeth and gums can help diagnose or prevent many of these illnesses. Below are some examples of just a few of the ways that oral health is connected to ailments in other parts of the body.

Cardiovascular Disease: Heart disease is a significant risk associated with poor oral health. Bacteria associated with gum inflammation can get into the bloodstream and cause the arteries to build up plaque and harden. This can cause blood flow problems and increases the likelihood of suffering a heart attack.

Pregnancy Complications: Often, pregnant women are more susceptible to oral infections because of hormonal changes in the body during pregnancy. Any sort of infection during pregnancy increases the risk of pregnancy complications such as premature birth and low birth weight in infants. Because of this, gum disease severely increases health risks for both mother and baby during pregnancy.

Respiratory Infections: The respiratory system is connected to your oral health through direct inhalation as well as the bloodstream. Poor oral health can cause bacteria to be present in the mouth, which can then be breathed into the lungs or absorbed through the bloodstream. This bacteria can lead to respiratory problems such as infections, bronchitis, and pneumonia.

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How to Maintain Your Teeth And Gum Health

All of the information about the importance of oral health may make it seem difficult to properly maintain the health of your teeth and gums in order to keep the rest of your body healthy. The truth is that it is actually very simple to maintain and stay on top of things!

There are five easy to follow steps for caring for your teeth and gums:

  1. brushing
  2. flossing
  3. rinsing
  4. eating right, and
  5. visiting the dentist regularly

As long as you practice these five basic steps you can feel confident that your oral health is contributing to your general wellbeing.

Now that you understand the imperatives of regular dental checkups, don’t wait to schedule an appointment with your dentist today. Willow Lake Dental is here to help you care for your teeth and gums, so stop by or call to make an appointment today!

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